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HEALTH 2.0 - BRITANNIA

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Check out these interesting articles from Great Britain on Health 2.0:

Can the internet cure insomnia?

Online psychotherapy on NHS urged


The Health 2.0 movement continues to grow . . .


More information on Health 2.0 - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

"HEALTH 2.0" - NEW SHOW



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HEALTH 2.0 - BRITANNIA

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Check out these interesting articles from Great Britain on Health 2.0:

Can the internet cure insomnia?

Online psychotherapy on NHS urged


The Health 2.0 movement continues to grow . . .


More information on Health 2.0 - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

"HEALTH 2.0" - NEW SHOW



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HEALTH TERM - PRE-EXISTING CONDITION

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgDefinition: A medical condition developed prior to issuance of a health insurance policy that may result in the limitation in the contract on coverage or benefits.

Normally this is defined as a health problem for which the new enrollee received health care services before the date that the new health plan benefit begins.


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Some policies exclude coverage of such conditions and the exclusion may continue for a specific period of time or indefinitely. Federally qualified HMOs cannot limit coverage for pre-existing conditions.

New statutes in 1997 and 1998 altered the freedom other health plans have enjoyed in setting preexisting time limits.

Certification of prior coverage may mean new insurers would need to waive preexisting clauses for some subscribers.

HEALTH TERM - PRE-EXISTING CONDITION

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgDefinition: A medical condition developed prior to issuance of a health insurance policy that may result in the limitation in the contract on coverage or benefits.

Normally this is defined as a health problem for which the new enrollee received health care services before the date that the new health plan benefit begins.


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Some policies exclude coverage of such conditions and the exclusion may continue for a specific period of time or indefinitely. Federally qualified HMOs cannot limit coverage for pre-existing conditions.

New statutes in 1997 and 1998 altered the freedom other health plans have enjoyed in setting preexisting time limits.

Certification of prior coverage may mean new insurers would need to waive preexisting clauses for some subscribers.

OLD SCHOOL TECH

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Are you old school?  :-)

Check out this list:

12 Words You Can Never Say in the Office




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OLD SCHOOL TECH

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Are you old school?  :-)

Check out this list:

12 Words You Can Never Say in the Office




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FLU WARNING

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FLU WARNING

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HEALTH TERM - COBRA

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Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

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Definition: Federal law that continues health care benefits for employees whose employment has been terminated.

Employers are required to notify employees of these benefit continuation options, and, failure to do so can result in penalties and fines for the employer.

An act that allows workers and their families to continue their employer-sponsored health insurance for a certain amount of time after terminating employment.

COBRA imposes different restrictions on individuals who leave their jobs voluntarily versus involuntarily.



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HEALTH TERM - COBRA

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Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

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Definition: Federal law that continues health care benefits for employees whose employment has been terminated.

Employers are required to notify employees of these benefit continuation options, and, failure to do so can result in penalties and fines for the employer.

An act that allows workers and their families to continue their employer-sponsored health insurance for a certain amount of time after terminating employment.

COBRA imposes different restrictions on individuals who leave their jobs voluntarily versus involuntarily.



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OPEN EHR

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Check out this interesting article on Electronic Health Records (EHR) . . .

Open source can save your life



More information on Electronic Health Records - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

HEALTH TERM - ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS


"E-HEALTH RECORDS" - NEW SHOW


E-MOVES


EHR = PROFITS?


ELECTRONIC MEANING



OPEN EHR

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Check out this interesting article on Electronic Health Records (EHR) . . .

Open source can save your life



More information on Electronic Health Records - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

HEALTH TERM - ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS


"E-HEALTH RECORDS" - NEW SHOW


E-MOVES


EHR = PROFITS?


ELECTRONIC MEANING



ONLINE HEALTH CARE

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Check out this interesting report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project:

The Impact of Online Health Resources



More information on Health Care & Technology - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

NEW SHOW - PEW RESEARCH CENTER


WIRELESS WORLD


AFRICAN - AMERICANS AND THE INTERNET




ONLINE HEALTH CARE

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Check out this interesting report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project:

The Impact of Online Health Resources



More information on Health Care & Technology - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

NEW SHOW - PEW RESEARCH CENTER


WIRELESS WORLD


AFRICAN - AMERICANS AND THE INTERNET




HEALTH TERM - GENERIC DRUG

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Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgDefinition:  A drug which is exactly the same as a brand name drug and which may be manufactured and marketed after the brand name drug's patent expires (approximately 9-10 years after the brand-name drug entered the market).

Generic drugs cost significantly less than brand name drugs, and are identical in terms of efficacy, safety, side effect profile, and dosing.

Important exceptions to this may include drugs such as immunosuppressants or drugs with a "narrow therapeutic index" such as anti-arrhythmics.

"Narrow therapeutic index" refers to drugs that have a high rate of side effects at commonly administered dosages.


HEALTH TERM - GENERIC DRUG

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Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgDefinition:  A drug which is exactly the same as a brand name drug and which may be manufactured and marketed after the brand name drug's patent expires (approximately 9-10 years after the brand-name drug entered the market).

Generic drugs cost significantly less than brand name drugs, and are identical in terms of efficacy, safety, side effect profile, and dosing.

Important exceptions to this may include drugs such as immunosuppressants or drugs with a "narrow therapeutic index" such as anti-arrhythmics.

"Narrow therapeutic index" refers to drugs that have a high rate of side effects at commonly administered dosages.


T-HEALTH

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T-HEALTH

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GLOBAL MOBILE HEALTH

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GLOBAL MOBILE HEALTH

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HEALTH TERM - SINGLE PAYER

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Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgWhat is Single Payer?

Definition:
A system of health care characterized by universal and comprehensive coverage. Single-payer health care is similar to the health services provided by Medicare in the US.

The government pays for care that is delivered in the private (mostly not-for-profit) sector. Doctors are in private practice and are paid on a fee-for-service basis from government funds. The government does not own or manage their medical practices or hospitals.

Single-payer health care is distinct and different from socialized medicine in which doctors and hospitals work for and draw salaries from the government.

Also check out:

Also check out:

Single Payer 101

HEALTH TERMS - ALL PAYER SYSTEM


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HEALTH TERM - SINGLE PAYER

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Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgWhat is Single Payer?

Definition:
A system of health care characterized by universal and comprehensive coverage. Single-payer health care is similar to the health services provided by Medicare in the US.

The government pays for care that is delivered in the private (mostly not-for-profit) sector. Doctors are in private practice and are paid on a fee-for-service basis from government funds. The government does not own or manage their medical practices or hospitals.

Single-payer health care is distinct and different from socialized medicine in which doctors and hospitals work for and draw salaries from the government.

Also check out:

Also check out:

Single Payer 101

HEALTH TERMS - ALL PAYER SYSTEM


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NEW SHOW - PEW RESEARCH CENTER

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"TALKING TECHNOLOGY WITH LEROY JONES, JR."

August 17, 2009

TOPIC:  "NEW SHOW - PEW RESEARCH CENTER"


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NEW SHOW - PEW RESEARCH CENTER

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"TALKING TECHNOLOGY WITH LEROY JONES, JR."

August 17, 2009

TOPIC:  "NEW SHOW - PEW RESEARCH CENTER"


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HEALTH TERM - FQHC

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A federal payment option that enables qualified providers in medically underserved areas to receive cost-based Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and allows for the direct reimbursement of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives.

Many outpatient clinics and specialty outreach services are qualified under this provision that was enacted in 1989.



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HEALTH TERM - FQHC

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HealthCareTerm.jpgDefinition: Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

A federal payment option that enables qualified providers in medically underserved areas to receive cost-based Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and allows for the direct reimbursement of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives.

Many outpatient clinics and specialty outreach services are qualified under this provision that was enacted in 1989.



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HEALTH TERM - OUTPATIENT CARE

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Definition:
Care given a person who is not bedridden.  Also called ambulatory care.

Many surgeries and treatments are now provided on an outpatient basis, while previously they had been considered reason for inpatient hospitalization.

Some say this is the fastest growing segment of health care.

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HEALTH TERM - OUTPATIENT CARE

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for HealthCareTerm.jpgWhat is Outpatient Care?

Definition:
Care given a person who is not bedridden.  Also called ambulatory care.

Many surgeries and treatments are now provided on an outpatient basis, while previously they had been considered reason for inpatient hospitalization.

Some say this is the fastest growing segment of health care.

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SOCIAL MEDIA HEALTH

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SOCIAL MEDIA HEALTH

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NEW SCHOOL YEAR - FLU

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NEW SCHOOL YEAR - FLU

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HEALTH TERM - HIPAA

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Definition: HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA) - A 1996 federal law that provides some protection for employed persons and their families against discrimination in health coverage based on past or present health.

Generally, the law guarantees the right to renew health coverage, but does not restrict the premiums that insurers may charge.

HIPAA does not replace the states' role as primary regulators of insurance.

HIPAA also requires the collection of certain health care information by providers and sets rules designed to protect the privacy of that information.


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HEALTH TERM - HIPAA

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Definition: HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA) - A 1996 federal law that provides some protection for employed persons and their families against discrimination in health coverage based on past or present health.

Generally, the law guarantees the right to renew health coverage, but does not restrict the premiums that insurers may charge.

HIPAA does not replace the states' role as primary regulators of insurance.

HIPAA also requires the collection of certain health care information by providers and sets rules designed to protect the privacy of that information.


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HEALTH TERMS - MEDICAID SPEND-DOWN

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What is Medicaid Spend-Down?

Definition:
A state-run Medicaid program for people whose income is higher than would normally qualify them for Medicaid, but who have high medical expenses that reduce their incomes to the Medicaid eligibility level. Not all states have Medicaid spend-down.



HEALTH TERMS - MEDICAID SPEND-DOWN

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What is Medicaid Spend-Down?

Definition:
A state-run Medicaid program for people whose income is higher than would normally qualify them for Medicaid, but who have high medical expenses that reduce their incomes to the Medicaid eligibility level. Not all states have Medicaid spend-down.



HEALTH HACKER

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New Epidemic Fears: Hackers

Are you really surprised? 


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More information on Security - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

PROTECT YOURSELF


SECURED PERSONAL INFORMATION?





HEALTH HACKER

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New Epidemic Fears: Hackers

Are you really surprised? 


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More information on Security - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

PROTECT YOURSELF


SECURED PERSONAL INFORMATION?





RURAL HEALTH FUTURE

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Technology is the key to improving rural health care.

Rural hospital hinging future on federal incentive

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More information on Rural Health Care - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

RURAL TELEHEALTH

DOWN HOME TECHNOLGY


RURAL HEALTH FUTURE

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Technology is the key to improving rural health care.

Rural hospital hinging future on federal incentive

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More information on Rural Health Care - Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr.:

RURAL TELEHEALTH

DOWN HOME TECHNOLGY


SV HEALTH

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Health Care Reform has come to Silicon Valley.

Take Two Digital Pills and Call Me in the Morning



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SV HEALTH

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Health Care Reform has come to Silicon Valley.

Take Two Digital Pills and Call Me in the Morning



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HEALTH TERM - WELLNESS

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Definition:
A dynamic state of physical, mental, and social well-being; a way of life which equips the individual to realize the full potential of his/her capabilities and to overcome and compensate for weaknesses; a lifestyle which recognizes the importance of nutrition, physical fitness, stress reduction, and self-responsibility.

Wellness has been viewed as the result of four key factors over which an individual has varying degrees of control: human biology, environment, health care organization and lifestyle. Preventive medicine associated with lifestyle and preventive care that can reduce health- care utilization and costs.

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"Wellness" programs became popular with the advent of managed care in the 1980s, with the philosophy and business idea that health plans needed to emphasize keeping their beneficiaries well.

However, there has been a drop off in these programs in the 1990s as health plans recognize the difficulty in assessing efficacy and they found that subscribers tend to change plans regularly, thus reducing benefit of keeping one population "well".



HEALTH TERM - WELLNESS

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Definition:
A dynamic state of physical, mental, and social well-being; a way of life which equips the individual to realize the full potential of his/her capabilities and to overcome and compensate for weaknesses; a lifestyle which recognizes the importance of nutrition, physical fitness, stress reduction, and self-responsibility.

Wellness has been viewed as the result of four key factors over which an individual has varying degrees of control: human biology, environment, health care organization and lifestyle. Preventive medicine associated with lifestyle and preventive care that can reduce health- care utilization and costs.

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"Wellness" programs became popular with the advent of managed care in the 1980s, with the philosophy and business idea that health plans needed to emphasize keeping their beneficiaries well.

However, there has been a drop off in these programs in the 1990s as health plans recognize the difficulty in assessing efficacy and they found that subscribers tend to change plans regularly, thus reducing benefit of keeping one population "well".



HEALTH TERM - ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE

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What is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)?

Definition: The automated exchange of data and documents in a standardized format. In health care, some common uses of this technology include claims submission and payment, eligibility, and referral authorization. Refers to the exchange of routine business transactions from one computer to another in a standard format, using standard communications protocols.




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HEALTH TERM - ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE

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What is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)?

Definition: The automated exchange of data and documents in a standardized format. In health care, some common uses of this technology include claims submission and payment, eligibility, and referral authorization. Refers to the exchange of routine business transactions from one computer to another in a standard format, using standard communications protocols.




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